Democrats plan post-primary unity rallies
It took weeks for Rod Smith to endorse Jim Davis for governor after their bruising 2006 Democratic primary, and in 2002 Janet Reno did not even concede the gubernatorial primary to Bill McBride for a week. Voting problems in south Florida had left the outcome in doubt.
This year Democrats are determined not to lose precious time struggling to unite before focusing on the general election. Party leaders are planning a couple ambitious unity rallies on Thursday.
Gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Nan Rich will be together in Orlando Thursday morning, along with George Sheldon and Perry Thurston, the rivals for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be on hand, among others.
The gang will hold another unity rally Thursday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.